While I was pregnant, I didn’t overindulge in junk and I didn’t eat crazy healthy food. I went with my gut. I was in peak physical condition and knew that I just needed to trust my intuition and listen to my body for the sake of mine and my baby’s health.
A few weeks ago, I felt it was time to shift back to my pre-pregnancy super healthy diet and fitness regimen. To be honest, what really drove this decision was my realization that I had reached a fitness plateau (probably a result of breastfeeding’s insidious way of keeping the last few pregnancy pounds on).
This brings me to today’s topic! Wellness paradigms. A wellness paradigm is essentially a personal system of diet, exercise, and other health tactics modeled around acheiving a goal…weight loss, weight gain, muscle building, muscle conditioning, etc.
My wellness paradigm throughout my pregnancy looked like this:
Diet: I listened to my body’s new cravings for milk, red meat, and chicken. I suddenly couldn’t stand my daily salad lunch of greens, avocados and nuts. I figured this was my body’s clever way of boosting my iron levels for the baby.
Fitness: I took a break from running after I realized that I felt off-balance while running and didn’t want to risk falling on my belly. I focused on steady state rowing and cycling, and while strength training, I used low weights and high reps.
Health tactics: I shut down a thriving business I loved because I knew I needed to focus on me. Thankfully, I could afford to do this. I have mad respect for working pregnant women and moms. This was a personal decision based on many factors, most notably that I did not want to hire employees to handle my business, which was completely centered around my unique combination of acupuncture and yoga that I didn’t feel like training to someone else.
Now that I’m six months post partum, this is what my paradigm looks like.
Fitness: wake up at 3 AM (no, that’s not a typo) and workout. I usually do steady state cardio/abs and then HIIT/strength training every other day for an hour to an hour and a half. I wonder if my neighbors ever looks out the window at me jumping rope or doing squat jumps at 3 AM in my backyard. Hmmmm…
Diet: healthy portions of oatmeal, fresh fruit, quinoa, avocados, green smoothies, homemade granola and date nut balls, cocoa-green tea for energy, and I’ve cut sugar from my diet for the most part.
Health tactic: work hard to be positive! Being a stay at home mom comes with a unique set of challenges. It is without question, what is best for me, at least for now. Handing my baby to daycare or a nanny wouldn’t resonate with my personality at all (no judgments on any moms who do). That being said, training an innocent and helpless baby on how to be a fully functioning human can be super hard when you are sleep deprived and lacking patience. I avoid negativity as much as possible, always make sure to get my morning workout in before my baby wakes up, and try my best to savor every moment of my day (trust me, savoring the good moments is essential to not losing your mind when your baby decides to party all night long thanks to teething/learning how to roll over, crawl, etc etc etc….).
Maybe you would benefit from creating a wellness paradigm for yourself! It doesn’t need to cover the same categories as mine. For example, instead of diet and exercise you may include meditation/prayer, education, etc. I just focus on health because that’s sorta what I talk about on this blog;)